What We Eat: Reduced Fat Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Next week is National Chocolate Chip Cookie week, and our office is all about celebrating random days, especially when it involves chocolate chip cookies. And while we always enjoy treating ourselves to a good cookie every now and then – expecting to ruin a healthy day of eating. Hey, everything in moderation, right?

Well, we were amazed when Sarah shared a recipe for reduced fat, whole grain chocolate chip cookies. The recipe contains no butter, white sugar, or enriched flour, while still satisfying with its chocolaty goodness. The trick to substitute the above ingredients for a banana, whole grain wheat, and quick oats. All delicious ingredients, but I would have never thought of adding them to a chocolate chip cookie.

Now we don’t have to ruin a healthy diet, or feel guilty about doing so! Thanks for sharing Sarah!


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Reduced Fat Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 24 cookies


  • 1 over ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 oz dark chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Mash the banana in a large bowl.
  3. Add egg and vanilla to the banana and mix.
  4. Beat in the brown sugar.
  5. Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, powder, and cinnamon.
  6. Add in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop dough on to silpat lined cookie sheet, slightly flatten.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes.


Recipe by Sarah B., PacificSource

3,215 Healthy Ideas From You!

It started as a simple experiment; we hit the road and asked people to “share your healthy ideas.” The results have been staggering! Here’s a collage that represents just a fraction of the ideas we’ve received in 2013:

Share your ideas collage

We took the “Share Your Ideas” concept to 17 different community events in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Thanks to the thousands of generous, healthy-minded people we met along the way, we compiled 3,215 ideas for living a healthy life. If that sounds like an exact figure, it’s because it is. We read and tracked every idea. We’ve used them as a guide for wellness posts on MillionIdeas.org, and have used them to steer our social media content and our community outreach efforts. Basically, you told us what’s important, so we’re using our resources to follow your lead.

For every idea you gave us, we’re going to donate $1 to a non-profit called Veggie U (more information about Veggie U here: Veggie U: Growing (and Eating) Vegetables in Classrooms). That means we’re putting $3,215 toward the purchase of kits, soil, seeds, grow lights, and everything 4th graders will need to grow vegetables in their classrooms. So from all of us, thank you. It’s been absolutely inspiring!

As always, if you have healthy ideas you’d like to share with the world, post it at: MillionIdeas.org/Share-Your-Ideas. We’d love to keep the healthy idea train rolling!